Although the terms NGO and Voluntary organizations are used inter-changeably, both of them differ significantly. Voluntary organizations though similar to NGO’s operate outside the domain of the government and are non-profit/charitable organizations which may or may not have a separate legal personality apart from its member. NGO’s on the other hand have a wide spectrum of forms and are therefore popularly understood as organizations which may or may not be non-government, quasi/semi-governmental, voluntary, non-voluntary, partisan, non-partisan, formal, informal, profit or non-profit oriented bodies, having a separate legal entity status under law. Such as under The Societies Registration Act, Indian Trust Act, or the Companies Act 2013. The fact that most of NGO’s generally have separate legal entity status under the various Laws ensures that there functioning directly come under the scrutiny of governmental organizations.

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